Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

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Just over a year ago, our nephew and his family lost their precious son only a few hours after he was born. Always loved, never forgotten.

For more from this challenge, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds

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About four months into her pregnancy, our niece found out that her baby had Trisomy 13, a devastating chromosomal defect. They decided to continue the pregnancy with the hope that Baby T would be born alive and that they would have the opportunity to spend a little time with him before he was called home to his Heavenly Father. Baby T was born at home at 7-1/2 months and lived an amazing hour, surrounded by his loving parents and six big brothers.

For more from this challenge, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Enduring Love

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Endure: remain in existence, last.

This has been a difficult week for my family. My father passed away on Sunday. He had suffered with illness for a long time, but he was able to stay at home and be cared for by my mother. For the last five months, nurses and aids from hospice came each morning to get Dad ready for the day, and at night, one of us children would go and help Mom get him ready for bed. Because we were fortunate enough to live close to my parents, my sisters and I were able to spend a lot of time with Mom and Dad. When he passed away, he was surrounded by his loving wife and family. This past summer, my parents celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Watching my mother take care of my father showed me the type of bond that allows two people to endure the trials and hardships that come to every marriage. Because of their unshaken commitment and devotion to each other, Mom had the strength and ability to care for Dad until the end.

These photos were taken at my nephews wedding almost three years ago. I love the shot of Dad brushing off the seat before Mom sits down. I love the comfortable feeling they have together as they wait for the group pictures to be taken. This is something that comes with only long-term, for the long-haul commitment.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT REPRESENTS A LOVE THAT HAS ENDURED HARDSHIPS AND TRIALS.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.